THE KELLY-TOOKE STORY

OVER THREE DECADES AGO, THE KELLY FAMILY FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE BUSINESS OF LEATHER—BUT NOT HOW ONE MIGHT IMAGINE. AT THAT TIME, THEY JOINED A CENTURY’S OLD FAMILY BUSINESS, AND WITH YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THEIR TRADE, BECAME EXPERT SHOE RE-CRAFTERS. OVER TIME, THEY GREW INTIMATE WITH THE LEATHER GOODS THEY WOULD USE TO RE-CRAFT SHOES, AND FORGED STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR RANCHERS, TANNERIES, AND LEATHER ARTISANS.

 

EVENTUALLY, THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF LEATHERS—AND HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAND-SELECT AND PROCESS THE HIGHEST QUALITY HIDES—LED THEM TO UNDERSTANDING EXACTLY WHAT SPECIALIZED TANNING AND CRAFTSMANSHIP TECHNIQUES WOULD MAKE THE FINEST PRODUCTS. LIFELONG PASSION FOR LEATHER AND A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF EACH UNIQUE HIDE—THE GRAIN, MARKINGS, AND BRANDS—IS HOW THE KELLY-TOOKE LINE OF HANDMADE BAGS AND ACCESSORIES CAME TO LIFE.

| Kelly Tooke

| Steve Kelly

| Mike Kelly

Carroll Kelly

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

KELLY-TOOKE IS THE INSPIRED UNION OF TWO FAMILIES BONDED IN LIFE BY HUMILITY AND RESOLVE.

 

KELLY: WITH 4 GENERATIONS DEEPLY ROOTED THROUGHOUT TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA, THE KELLY’S ARE KNOWN IN THEIR COMMUNITIES FOR THEIR WORK ETHOS, INTEGRITY, AND HEART. KELLY-TOOKE ENCAPSULATES THE PASSION THEY HAVE FOR THEIR CRAFT AND FOR THE ENDURING BONDS OF FAMILY.

 

TOOKE: WHEN THE KELLY BROTHERS WERE JUST CHILDREN, THEIR THEN 4 YEAR-OLD COUSIN, KELLY TOOKE, TRAGICALLY LOST HER PARENTS IN A HOUSE FIRE AND WAS ADOPTED INTO THEIR FAMILY. AS THEIR LITTLE SISTER, KELLY QUICKLY BECAME THE HEART OF THE FAMILY. HAVING TOOKE IN THE NAME IS HOMAGE TO HER PARENTS, WHOSE INCREDIBLE LEGACY OF HUMILITY AND HUMANITY IN THE TOWN OF FREER, TEXAS STILL LIVES ON TO THIS DAY.

 

LOVE, FAMILY LEGACY, AND PASSION FOR LEATHER CRAFTSMANSHIP IS WHAT BROUGHT KELLY-TOOKE TO LIFE.

STEVE KELLY - FOUNDER AND CEO

FOR OVER THREE DECADES, STEVE HAS BEEN ON A MISSION TO PRODUCE THE FINEST, MOST INSPIRED LEATHER PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD. THROUGH HAND SELECTING THE HIGHEST QUALITY AMERICAN-GROWN HIDES, FINE-TUNING HIS LEATHER PROCESSING AND TANNING TECHNIQUES, AND FOCUSING ON ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, HE HAS CREATED A COLLECTION OF UNIQUELY ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDMADE BAGS. THROUGH KELLY-TOOKE, STEVE HAS FINALLY CAPTURED THE BEAUTY OF LEATHER IN ITS TRUEST FORM.

SHELLY KELLY - LEAD DESIGNER

BEING INFLUENCED BY TWO VERY DIFFERENT WORLDS GROWING UP—THAT OF HER TEXAS RANCHER FATHER AND CALIFORNIA-CHIC MOTHER—PROVIDED THE PERFECT APPRECIATION FOR THE FUNCTION OF LEATHER WHILE HARNESSING A STRONG SENSE OF ITS STYLE, LEADING TO ENDLESS DESIGN INSPIRATIONS FOR THE KELLY-TOOKE LINE. WITH AN EYE FOR FINE DETAIL, SHELLY HAS CHANNELED EVERY DESIRE OF THE URBAN SOPHISTICATE, CREATING A CLASSIC LINE THAT’S SURE TO PLEASE.

HOUSTON, TEXAS

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